Recording of Desert Island Math:
Geometric Constructions

This is a recording of an online event that took place on Monday, April 25, 2022.

Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Imagine you are stranded on a desert island with just pencil and paper — and one mathematical concept to explore.  Your goal?  To discover as much as you can about that topic.  Join mathematician Paul Zeitz in an adventure combining mindfulness and play as we take a single, simple mathematical idea and look at it from as many perspectives as possible.  Even alone on an island (or during a pandemic), you will never be bored as long as you have math and your imagination!

It’s time to get out some paper, a pencil, and the best compass you own (computer simulations are OK, too!).  Enter the ancient and serene world of traditional geometric constructions, where we are only allowed two tools: a compass to draw circles and a straightedge to draw lines.  Keeping our toolbox small in no way constrains our imagination: we can do amazing things with these two tools — even if they are "broken!"

This series is recommended for adults and children ages ten and up.  While geared toward beginners, these sessions will also contain food for thought for experts.

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